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The Beast Smile Mar 08, 2015   
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Categories : American | Bars/Lounges | Burgers and Sandwiches

 


The Beast aim to serve classic Southern American cooking, with an extensive selection of craft beers and cocktails. They have indoor and outdoor seating at the ground floor, but it can be pretty squeezy, suitable for drinks and bites. Up to the 2nd storey, The Beast is able to accommodate more diners, but only indoor, and also the place where proper benches and tables are provided for the purpose of mains.

Love the interior design, creating the countryside ambiance with a tint of yellow lighting. Imagining yourself traveling through time and landed yourself in a cowboy environment and having a beer?

The Beast provides two types of dining menus, where dinner and bar menu are available from Mondays to Saturdays, while brunch menu only on Sundays.
Southern Sweet Tea ($7.00) and Freshly Squeezed Lemonade ($7.00). Southern Sweet Tea gives off a balanced sweet and refreshing taste on a hot weather, while the squeezed lemonade can be slightly too sour.

Cajun Fries ($8.00). Changing my taste from the usual truffle to Cajun fries, I have to admit I love Cajun fries more, where the sweet taste and little of spiciness invades my taste buds.
The Big Biscuit ($22.00). It consists of buttermilk biscuit, fried chicken, candied bacon, sunny side up, pimento cheese and sausage gravy. Candied bacon seems to be coated with a layer of honey, and overall tasted like the Chinese barbecued pork during the Chinese New Year but a little crispier, and fried chicken patty is juicy and tender.

Mac & Cheese Burger ($22.00). Basically a burger when buns are made of mac and cheese being fried, beef patty, bacon jam, barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato and sweet potato fries. The "buns" are quite tasteless, and would be best to eat with the beef patty and sauce. Beef patty seems to be homemade which crumbles when cut but spills out the juice when bite.

Food wise, The Beast is actually more popular for their The Beast Burger which I believed costs around $125. While this is only available in the dinner menu, it consists of 1.6 pounds of beef patty, 1 pound of pulled pork, and 1 pound of buttermilk fried chicken. Looks intriguing, and I would definitely hop back to The Beast to challenge their The Beast Burger, but also not a bad idea to indulge myself back there with their other mains.

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Categories : Desserts and Cakes | Pasta | Burgers and Sandwiches | Salads | Brunch | Pets Friendly

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The Coastal Settlement (TCS) has been around for a long time, yet this was my first time visiting them. Located near the chalets, and opposite the abandoned Old Changi Hospital, The Coastal Settlement set itself in the midst of greenish plantations, more like a garden concept in colonial style.

Indoor seating is more of English-family style of dining, with bikes and other colonial-times ornaments to view. Outdoor seating will be more garden-like, great for those who likes to be close to the nature
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Calamari ($14.00).Squid is marinated and fried with pepper and spicy salt, and side with passion fruit mayo as sauce to dip with. Freshly prepared calamari was brought to our table with the tinge-flavored deep fried squid triggering our sense of smell. Squid is perfectly fried, where it is easy to slice yet retain the chewy effect of a squid. Passion fruit mayo is a complement to the salty and peppery taste.

Roast Chicken ($25.00), comes with a small bowl of potato and mushroom and seasonal vegetables. Chicken skin is glazed with orange, giving the already crispy skin another layer of excitement. Chicken is well roasted and rubbed with spices, which very much taste like the Chinese style of roast chicken rice.

Rosti Sausage ($23.00) is made of potato rosti, chicken cheese sausage, sunny side up, sour cream and mesclun salad. This may not be as delicious looking as the Roast Chicken, satisfactory level is set to high too. Cheese chicken sausage does not have too much cheese in it, thus able to finish the entire sausage without complaining too cheesy.

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Biker-themed Smile Feb 22, 2015   
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Categories : American | Bars/Lounges

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Handlebar is just right behind the Water Venture building. There is no designated parking lots, so you may park anywhere as long as road is not disrupted for other drivers.
Handlebar is pretty spacious in its outdoor seating, while indoor can be limited, but housed with various interesting ornaments for viewing pleasure. It has the funky ambiance which made us wander around the place for quite some time.

Another interesting thing about Handlebar is their grenade-shaped bottles for salt and pepper, and also the container used to place all the sauces and cutlery.

Blossom Onion ($12.00). Use of white onions, sliced and fried to crisp. I am not a fan of onions, but the taste of blossom onion does not parade the strong pungent smell of onions, instead it has a slight sweet taste, which has now become my favorite.

Cocaine Wings ($12.00). For those who are not a frequent spicy eater, the low level might be barely manageable. We are able to manage the low level but taking the level up to medium might really need people with enough courage. Wings are tender and juicy, with the fried wings dabbed with spicy chili oil.

Righteous Ribs ($28.00). Sweet BBQ ribs, easy to slice and tender to chew. For the rib-likers, this is a sure-to-order dish.

Southern Country Chicken Steak ($22.00) with mashed potatoes and supposedly baked beans or boiled vegetables. Choice between fried or grilled chicken breast, I chose the latter and without a choice came with boiled vegetables. Perhaps Handlebar can do better in their plate presentation, as the use of big plate make this dish seems a little on the minimalist style, and therefore less tempting than the Righteous Ribs.

Jumbo Chicken Dog ($12.00) which also come with fries. What seem to be the easiest dish to prepare among the 3 mains, was the last to arrive on the table. Fries which look-supposedly to be placed on the same plate, but came separately instead. Chicken dog tasted rubbery, as though it wasn't cooked at all, and seem cold. It was left a quarter unfinished due to this.

Place wise is definitely out of the way, but seems a good place for some drinking and chilling out with friends-alike through the night with some beer and food. While most of the mains and sides are pretty yummy and worth a return trip, the Jumbo Chicken Dog dropped a few ratings.

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Desserts after Chomp Chomp?  Smile Feb 01, 2015   
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Categories : Ice Cream and Gelato

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It was an accident that I chanced upon Ice Cube Cafe after returning from Chomp Chomp. What attracted me was their blue interior lighting that stood out among the shops beside. But being extremely full from dinner, I made it a point to return another day.

Ice Cube Cafe's menu covers from waffles to mains like spaghetti, finger food, ice cream, mudpies, sundaes, and drinks too. Never expect Ice Cube Cafe to provide more than ice creams before I saw the menu. It indeed caught me by surprise, and keep me to ponder for some time over the finger food section.
Ice cream flavors are displayed beside the cashier. With around 10 flavors in total, I think that Ice Cube Cafe needs to inject more interesting flavors to garner more curiosity of others.

Chocoholics Anonymous ($11.90) used chocolate ice cream, topped with chocolate fudge, ferrero rocher and toasted almond flakes. This is unlike the usual mudpies we get outside, made through baking.

Thick block of strong chocolate ice cream taste, with several toppings make it a simple ice cream dessert for kids, perhaps less messy than eating from a cone.
Waffle with Ice Cream ($8.90). It comes with a single scoop of ice cream and a choice of waffle syrup, where additional scoop of ice cream is priced at $3.00.

I chose Maple Walnut as my ice cream flavor, and Mango Puree for my choice of waffle syrup. It seems like a weird combination, and I'm pretty puzzled too when I'm back at my seat. Ice cream lack of flavor, not sure if it’s due to the strong chocolate flavor before this, and thus canvas the mild taste of maple walnut ice cream. Mango Puree will be more on the sour side, but still a great sauce to go with the waffle. Waffle would be great if it can be crispier and syrup can be given a little more, else it's just a plain butter-ry waffle you are eating.

Ice Cube Cafe seems to dwell more on cakes for occasions and desserts as well. The finger food and mains looks tempting, and it gives me a definite reason to return again for it. Their sundaes looks promising too, so hopefully it will be as good as the mudpie I had.

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Forlino Smile Jan 25, 2015   
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Forlino has all executive and business set lunch, and ala-carte menu. For my dining, we ordered Forlino Classic Set Menu ($108.00), and an extra main course and dessert. We also ordered a bottle of Surgiva Sparkling Water ($9.00), which I prefer distilled water over the former.
Amuse Bouche is usually a single bite-sized complimentary course served by chef to give diners an idea of the approach chef has taken in his cooking. Forlino's amuse bouche has also indeed taken us further in anticipating better courses to come!
Classic Set Menu: Pan Fried Foie Gras. It is similar to the ala-carte under Appetizers section, Fegato Grasso ($36.00). It has wild rocket salad, balsamic cream, and homemade panettone. First of all, I am not a fan nor a dis-liker for foie gras. Forlino has prepared their foie gras perfectly well, being a little crispy and mushy fats, almost melting in my mouth.
Classic Set Menu: Homemade Chitarra Spaghetti, similar to ala-carte under Homemade Pasta and Risotto section, Spaghetti alla Chitarra ($36.00). It consists of octopus, arrabbiata spicy tomato sauce, water spinach, and Sardinian bottarga.
Classic Set Menu: Pan Fried Fillet of Cod Fish wrapped in Parma Prosciutto, similar to ala-carte under Piatti principali section, Merluzzo ($42.00). Besides the cod fish, it also comes with baby cuttlefish in black ink, white polenta and zucchini Flower.
Cod fish is my favorite fish of all, in terms of eating it. It is soft and can almost slide through your throat when swallowing. Forlino did not disappoint me with the cod fish. Their cuttlefish does not have the fishy seafood taste as you chew, and the combination of polenta (cornmeal boiled into a porridge) with the cod fish is just delicious.
Classic Set Menu: Ivoire White Chocolate Mousse, also in ala-carte under Dessert section ($15.00).
Directly ordered something out of the set menu, Duet of Angus Beef ($68.00). One of the best I had, consisting of braised short rib ‘brasato’ and tenderloin ‘rossini’ foie gras, marsala wine sauce, and ricotta spinach raviolone.
Forlino's pair of beef short ribs is just so tender, although I wasn't asked how well I would like it to be. I enjoyed every bit I took, sampling the sauce absorbed and the tenderness of the meat as I chewed.
Forlino's raviolone gave me the initial image of what one will see in some "bak chor mee" stalls. Something like a flat piece of dough, and a mini portion of minced meat enclosed in the middle? In any case, I am quite picky when it comes to vegetable type that I consume, and luckily spinach is one of those I favor, unlike celery.
Another dessert, but ordered directly from the ala-carte menu again, Coconut Panna Cotta ($15.00), with pineapple confit, moscato jelly and passion fruit.
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Date of Visit: Jan 23, 2015 

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